USDA: Funding for SNAP, other food assistance programs will be protected for February

USDA: Funding for SNAP, other food assistance programs will be protected for February

In a statement, the USDA has announced that individuals who receive food and assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue to receive that funding for February. The statement comes in the middle of a government shutdown, with many federal agencies experiencing lapses in funding and employee furloughs.

The agency says that to protect SNAP funding, the USDA is working with individual states to distribute benefits earlier, and are relying on the recently-expired Continuing Resolution (CR), which provides funds for programs like SNAP and child nutrition to continue within 30 days of the expiration. The USDA is expecting states to issue February’s benefits by Jan. 20.

Other food assistance programs like Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will also have “sufficient funding,” the agency added. Programs like school meals and after-school programming will have funding secured through March.

To read the full statement with more details, you can see it here.

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